Episode 19 Sources: Distressingly Squishy – Zombie Science with Rebecca Gibson

In this episode, we are joined by bio-anthropologist Dr. Rebecca Gibson (@RGibsonGirl on Twitter) to discuss the origins of zombie stories and what might need to happen to make one in real life. From stories of brain-control with tetrodotoxin in Haiti to the possibility of transmissible brain cancer, there’s a lot of cool science to unpack! You can find out more info about Rebecca and her books on her Amazon author page at www.amazon.com/author/rebeccagibsonbioanthro.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: StarTalk, “The Science of Zombies and the Walking Dead“; Haunted Talks, Episode 47, “The Science of Zombies“; The Folklore Podcast, Episode 7, “Glitter and Gravedust

Episode 18 Sources: This Is Your Brain On Aliens

We’re back on the alien train, folks! In this episode, Paige tells us about her husband’s “alien abduction” experience, and we discuss the science and psychology that may be behind your favorite ET encounter stories, from sleep paralysis to recovered memories from surgeries gone wrong. The only thing we know for sure is that your brain is a very weird place! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Strange Arrivals, Episode 11, “Extraordinary Claims”

Episode 17 Sources: “Soviet Union Spring Break 1959: The Dyatlov Pass Incident”

Happy New Year, Spooky People! Winter is here and since we’re hunkering down for a cold couple of months, we think there’s no better time to discuss the mysterious, snowy deaths that occurred at Dyatlov Pass. In our first episode of 2021, we challenge some of the most popular theories surrounding the demise of nine hikers on February 2, 1959. We cover a handful of possibilities, from avalanches and hypothermia to aliens and government conspiracies. If this story leaves you scratching your head, you are not alone. If you have any thoughts on this topic, drop them in the comments below or reach out on social media! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Unexplained Season 2, Episode 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3; Astonishing Legends Episodes 23 and 24; Timesuck Episode 62

YouTube: Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime, “The Strange Deaths of the 9 Hikers of Dyatlov Pass”; Morbid Mystery, “The Dyatlov Pass Incident”; The Infographics Show, “What Made Hikers Take Clothes Off In Below Freezing Temps? (The Dyatlov Pass Mystery)”

Websites:

Episode 16 Sources: Santa Science Sisters

Happy Solstice, Merry (almost) Christmas, & Happy Holidays! From child psychology, to vaporizing reindeer, time dilation, and near death experiences – this episode has a little bit of everything, so we recommend you settle in with some nog (or your holiday beverage of choice) and enjoy! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

As always, here are our sources:

  1. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/science-kids-belief-santa
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/18/your-kids-believe-santa-scientist-says-tell-them-stop-it/
  3. https://news.utexas.edu/2020/01/06/is-believing-in-santa-bad-or-good-for-kids/
  4. https://www.parentingscience.com/Easter-Bunny-and-Santa-Claus.html
  5. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2015/12/20/the-physics-of-santa-claus/?sh=1e64feef1e80
  6. https://www.museumofidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/The-Science-of-Santa-Claus.pdf
  7. https://www.npr.org/2012/12/24/167946053/the-science-behind-santas-christmas-eve-journey
  8. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-physics-of-santa-and-his-reindeer/
  9. https://gizmodo.com/can-santa-claus-exist-a-scientific-debate-1669957032
  10. https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/fauci-santa-innate-immunity-spread-covid-19-christmas/story?id=74316296
  11. https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/santa-chimney.htm
  12. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00508-017-1306-8
  13. https://www.forbes.com/sites/drdonlincoln/2019/12/23/the-science-of-santa-claus–how-can-he-do-it/?sh=fda5a584367a
  14. http://www.mit.edu/people/dmredish/wwwMLRF/links/Humor/Existance_of_Santa.html#:~:text=This%20means%20that%20Santa’s%20sleigh,tops%2C%2015%20miles%20per%20hour.
  15. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-near-death-experiences-reveal-about-the-brain/

Episode 15 Sources: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In an effort to be more transparent about the sources we gather information from, we’ll be sharing them for each episode on this site!

Episode 15 was a deep dive into the the possible explanations for the disappearance of the Roanoke colony featuring Sara Head and Karen Stollznow of the Archaeological Fantasies and Monster Talk podcasts, respectively. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or Amazon Music.

For this episode, we used the following sources:

Book: The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler

Podcasts: Astonishing Legends Episodes 151 & 152: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Parts 1 & 2; Unexplained Mysteries Episodes 5/5/20 & 5/7/20: The Roanoke Colony Pts. 1 & 2

Websites:

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980428075409.htm
  2. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/picture-climate-how-can-we-learn-tree-rings
  3. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/starving-settlers-in-jamestown-colony-resorted-to-cannibalism-46000815/
  4. https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/5-theories-about-what-actually-happened-to-the-lost-colony
  5. https://ubique.americangeo.org/map-of-the-week/map-of-the-week-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke/
  6. https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/roanoke_colonies_the
  7. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/
  8. https://www.andrewlawler.com/it-was-americas-first-english-colony-then-it-was-gone/

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